Public Lecture: Lost Enlightenment: Central Asia's Golden Age from the Arab Conquest to Tamerlane
3 July 2017, 16:00
Director, Founding Chairman of the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC.
The lecture presents Frederick Starr's new book, Lost Enlightenment: Central Asia's Golden Age from the Arab Conquest to Tamerlane, which was translated from English into Tajik by the well-known Tajik linguist, Professor Abdusalom Mamadnazarov.
In this lecture, the author will present the ideas that formed the basis of his book about Central Asia. At the same time, in the questions he raises, the author extends a thread both from history to modern times and from contemporary problems to the historical past of Central Asia. The main question posed in the book: what was the basis of the Renaissance of Muslim civilisation and what were the causes of its decline? Answering him, the author not only reinforces his conclusions with objective historical data and fundamental arguments, but also seeks to uncover the basic sources of development of modern Central Asia. Currently, the book is in the process of translation on 16 languages.
Frederick Starr is an outstanding American scholar and historian, an expert on Russian and Eurasian issues, a well-known musician. He was the President of Oberlin College for 11 years. Founder and Chairman of the Institute of Central Asia and Caucasus, he is fluent in Russian and is the author and editor of 20 books and more than 200 articles about Russia and Eurasia. His geographic expertise covers Afghanistan, Central Asia, the Caucasus, Russia and the former Soviet Union. He focuses his research on developing countries, the problems of energy and the environment, Islamic faith, culture and law. He is also a professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC.
Dr Pulat Shozimov
Acting Head and Faculty Development Programme Manager
Aga Khan Humanities Project
University of Central Asia
The lecture will be delivered in three languages; Tajik, Russian and English. Translation will be provided upon request.
Ismaili Centre, Dushanbe
47 Ismail Somoni Street
* Ideas presented in this lecture reflect the personal opinion of the speaker and do not necessarily represent the views of the University of Central Asia and/or its employees